The city of Allentown in Pennsylvania is under the Allentown School District, which happens to be the fourth biggest school district in the state. Currently, there are a little over 18,000 students enrolled in schools belonging to this district. While there is a bit of decline in the enrollment since last year, there is really no cause for alarm, even though the Department of Education recently unveiled a report that identified several schools in the district which were among the lowest achieving for the subjects Mathematics and Reading.

High School

Allentown PA has two public high schools for grades 9 to 12. The first one is William Allen High School, serving students from the western and southern portions of the city. Louis E. Dieruff High School meanwhile serves students living in the northern and eastern parts of the city. Accordingly, these Allentown area high schools are regularly competing in sports in the Lehigh Valley Conference. Likewise, they play their home games for football at the J. Birney Crum Stadium. As for grades 8 to 12, students have the option to attend the Allentown School District Virtual Academy and the Newcomer Academy at Midway Manor.

Middle Schools

The Allentown School District has four middle schools for grades 6 to 8. These are the Harrison-Morton Middle School, Francis D. Raub Middle School, Trexler Middle School, and the South Mountain Middle School. There are also sixteen different elementary schools within the city boundaries. They cover kindergarten up to the fifth grade. These schools include Cleveland, Central, Hiram W. Dodd, Lincoln, Jefferson, Lehigh Parkway, Luis A. Ramos, McKinley, Mosser, Midway Manor, Roosevelt, Ritter, Muhlenberg, Sheridan, Washington, and Union Terrace.

Future Improvements

The district is now under a 10-year, $120 million improvement plan, specifically on the development of its facilities. This plan will be covering renovation of all the twenty three schools belonging to the district. Likewise, the renovation will also be covering expansion. There will be two elementary schools and a fifth middle school to be established.

Public Charter

Furthermore, the city of Allentown PA is currently home to two public charter schools: Roberto Clemente Charter School located at 4th and Walnut Streets and the Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School at 1414 E. Cedar Street. The first one is a Title I charter school providing educational services to mostly Hispanic students from grades 6 to 12. The second offers a K-12th program.

Colleges and Universities

Lastly, Allentown is also home to two four-year colleges. These are Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College. There is also a satellite campus of the Lehigh Carbon Community College offering two and four year degree programs as well as industry training and continuing education. It is located in the Center City. The Pennsylvania State University also has a campus in the Lehigh Valley region, located in Center Valley or about nine miles from the city limits.

So those are your Allentown, Pennsylvania schools. While they are located within the city, the enrolment is not exclusive or limited to the residents of Allentown. There are those coming from nearby towns and villages, too.